Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

August 24, 2009

CyberKill: The Back Story – Part 2

Filed under: CyberKill — Frank Fiore @ 1:19 PM

Every novel has a back story. A story that let’s the author present a particular opinion or belief. The back story also can inform and educate the reader about new and interesting things they may not have heard of before.

CyberKill is no exception. So, each month, I’ll send out and interesting back story – or a behind the scenes look at the making of CyberKill. If you would like to be placed on  my Back-Story mailing list, email me.

But before we start, if you haven’t purchased a copy of CyberKill yet, visit the book site and read some of the sample chapters. I have been getting very good reviews from those who have read the book. Here are more of them.

You can buy it here or at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

This month we’ll look at the techno-culture that is described in CyberKill. In this case, Burning Man. I had to do a lot of research on this to capture the goings on at e celebration and weave it into CyberKill.

In CyberKill, John François goes to Burning Man to meet with Toad Adams who gives Francois his investigative notes on what’s really happening in CyberKill. Adams gets rewarded for his efforts in the most grisly of ways.

Trying to explain what Burning Man is to someone who has never been to the event is a bit like trying to explain what a particular color looks like to someone who is blind. In this section you will find the peripheral definitions of what the event is as a whole, but to truly understand this event, one must participate. This site serves to try to paint a picture of the Burning Man experience to those who are new to the project, as well as to give those participants looking to keep the fire burning in their daily lives an environment in which to connect to their fellow community members. For a brief yet eloquent overview of the entire event from the time of arrival to the time of exodus, please read “What is Burning Man?“, an essay written by participant and one-time web team member, Molly Steenson. Please see archived sections for each year to read more about the art themes, art installations and theme camps for each year.

Here you will find links that will take you on a trip through the past – through the history of Burning Man – from its early days on a small beach in San Francisco through its evolution into the bustling city of some 48,000+ people that the Burning Man event has become today. These people make the journey to the Black Rock Desert for one week out of the year to be part of an experimental community, which challenges its members to express themselves and rely on themselves to a degree that is not normally encountered in one’s day-to-day life. The result of this experiment is Black Rock City, home to the Burning Man event.

There are no rules about how one must behave or express oneself at this event (save the rules that serve to protect the health, safety, and experience of the community at large); rather, it is up to each participant to decide how they will contribute and what they will give to this community. The event takes place on an ancient lakebed, known as the playa. By the time the event is completed and the volunteers leave, sometimes nearly a month after the event has ended, there will be no trace of the city that was, for a short time, the most populous town in the entire county. Art is an unavoidable part of this experience, and in fact, is such a part of the experience that Larry Harvey, founder of the Burning Man project, gives a theme to each year, to encourage a common bond to help tie each individual’s contribution together in a meaningful way. Participants are encouraged to find a way to help make the theme come alive, whether it is through a large-scale art installation, a theme camp, gifts brought to be given to other individuals, costumes, or any other medium that one comes up with.

The Burning Man project has grown from a small group of people gathering spontaneously to a community of over 48,000 people. The impact of the Burning Man experience has been so profound that a culture has formed around it. This culture pushes the limits of Burning Man and has led to people banding together nation-wide, and putting on their own events, in attempt to rekindle that magic feeling that only being part of this community can provide.

Cheers until next month – Frank


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